5 Rules for Collecting Art

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Delia LaJeunesse, the creative sage at the helm of Subvert Art Consulting, is akin to a modern-day art whisperer. For a decade, she’s been coaxing wallflowers to bloom into art aficionados. With her depth of knowledge and passion for art, she’s nurturing a fresh wave of Denver collectors. She’s ardent about dispelling old myths that might create barriers to collecting, asserting that art is not a luxury but a household necessity. She sees her role as a curator of cultural experiences and a mentor to the uninitiated and seasoned collectors alike. Whether you’re beginning an art collection or are already well on your journey, LaJeunesse offers this incisive advice:

1Demand pricing transparency.

Navigating the murky waters of art pricing can prove taxing. Avoid frustration by being upfront with your consultant or seller—ask outright for the cost of a piece.

2Establish a budget, devise a plan.

Waiting for that salary hike, the kids to graduate, or the car loan to be paid off will only stall the growth of your art collection. Instead, consider including it in your financial blueprint.

3Prints are authentic art.

Artists rely on print sales for their sustenance. Whether you’re a novice collector or expanding an existing collection of original works, prints offer a cost-effective way to discover your preferences without a substantial outlay.

4Art is a worthwhile investment.

Collecting pieces that resonate with you promises enduring satisfaction. Although art may not serve a utilitarian purpose like a couch, it also doesn’t depreciate in style, needing replacement in a few years.

5Cost doesn’t determine quality.

One of my most cherished pieces was a steal at $5. Price doesn’t validate the quality of art—a concept intrinsically subjective. If a piece appeals to you and complements your collection, trust your judgment. You know what good art looks like to you.